Artist in Residence
Part of our aim at Burlington Dances is to support the development of unpredictable and emerging dance forms and the local artists who develop them through workshops and showings. This is an opportunity for Modern dance artists to develop their personal style, message, mode, or to refine or re-define something about their current practice, with the aim of community involvement and creating a work-in-progress showing.
As part of this program, artists are asked to look at their role in the economy without the benefit of 'not-for-profit' (tax deductable donations) and government subsidized organizations, and to find ways to integrate dance as an art form into the local economy.
This program is malleable, designed with structure, yet adaptive to the context. As are many things about Burlington Dances, this program is experimental, involves risk, is subject to unanticipated complications, and requires the ability to adapt to changing situations when new information is available. If you are open to experiments and interested in the AIR program and/or teaching (joint-projects welcome), please contact us here at the studio! We will be accepting applications for the Spring/Summer program until January 30th, 2012.
Fall Term 2011 Artist in Residence
Joy Madden: The Giant in the Washing Machine
"There are many different perspectives in any given household. One person may be consumed with the estimate on a car repair while another wonders what a fairy will leave under her pillow in exchange for her tooth. We forget. But if we focus our attention, if we let ourselves, we can go back to the perspective of childhood. It has its own language, its own movement, its own vibe. This is a journey into the mood and mayhem of childhood and motherhood at the same time. The life of a child is a wild journey in a constantly changing landscape. Parenthood is a trip back to it, a ride alongside it, an invitation to re-enter the lost world of innocence, wonder and fear."
As part of this residency, Joy will be presenting her work-in-progress of The Giant in the Washing Machine at the Burlington Dances studio and teaching a workshop, Moving From Experience, that will delve into childhood memories, emotions, and movement.
Burlington Dances presents The Giant in the Washing Machine by Artist in Residence Joy Madden, a dance theater exploration of motherhood and childhood, on Saturday, January 28, at 7pm and Sunday, January 29, at 4pm upstairs in the Chace Mill, 1 Mill Street, Suite 372, Burlington, VT. 802.863.3369
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About Ms. Madden:
Joy Madden has been creating riveting dance theatre works for over a decade. She co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an award winning choreographers’ collective, in Boston, MA in 2001. Her choreography has been produced throughout New England and in Edinburgh, Scotland. Awards include the Tap Water Award for Best Dance Performance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland; The Emerging Artist Award, Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA; The New Art Space Assistance (NASA) Grant, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT; and The Johnnie Walker Keep Walking Fund Grant. Since moving to Vermont in 2007 her work has been presented by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT; Juddertone, Boston, MA; Spotlight On Dance, South Burlington, VT; Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, Montpelier, VT; and Leap of Faith Dance Theatre, Middlebury, VT.
Please join me in thanking our inaugural Artist in Residence Selene Colburn, and the nine dancers — Autumn Barnett, Sarah Brutzman, Meghan Burgess, Heather Cairl, Joy Madden, Julie Peoples-Clark, Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Rachel Siegel, and Ellen Smith Ahern — who generously donated their time, talent, and energy to make possible the first showing of the work in progress The Hall, February 26th and 27thMs. Colburn's three month residency began December 1, 2010 and included two Workshop/Intensives and a Showing of her choreographic work in progress, along with a discussion of her research and artistic process.
The Hall is a work-in-progress inspired by the history and creation of the Hall of North American Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History. Working with a large cast of area dancers, Colburn will draw on her background as an archivist and choreographer to investigate the practices of taxidermy, human perception of animal states, and the ever-sticky business of representation.
About Ms. Colburn
Selene Colburn is a choreographer, writer, and librarian living in Vermont. Her work has appeared at venues such as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Bay Area Dance Series, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Scope Art Fair, the Firehouse Gallery, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Colburn studied dance at Bennington College and formed the San Francisco-based feminist duo Zeltzman and Colburn, with fellow Bennington alumna Dominique Zeltzman. Since relocating to the east coast, she has created interdisciplinary performance works that investigate universal conditions of vulnerability and the politics of proscribed behaviors, through filters as varied as The Rolling Stones, the writings of Homer, and the chambermaid industry. She has appeared in works by artists including the High Risk Group (Rick Darnell), Knee Jerk Dance (Shannon McGuire & Marintha Tewksbury), Bread and Puppet Theater, David Dorfman Dance, Hannah Dennison, Sandra Burton, and Paul Besaw. Colburn’s work has been supported by the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, and private individuals. In 2007 she was selected as a participant in the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Lab and received a New Art Space Assistance (N.A.S.A.) residency grant from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Her most recent work, The History of the Future Collection, was commissioned by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and premiered at FlynnSpace in the fall of 2009.
2011 Summer Term Artist in Residence
Sarah Austin: The Art Of Play
* "Play is an integral part in our cognitive and emotional development. Through the exploration of the movements that occur during play, a dance and story is created. Working with the educators and youth of play, we are granted an exciting opportunity to observe and research the art of play. With the collaborative efforts of youth and adults of all abilities we will move through material that demonstrates the various factors that can affect play. How does music affect play? How do structures affect play? How do words affect pay? Using various environments, objects and words will allow active observation of how delicate play is."
"Working closely with the supportive, creative team at Burlington Dances we will use props of different sizes, shapes and play around with different medias. With the diverse community of Burlington Dances, two classes will be open to any age and ability. With warm ups that are used to break through boundaries and start creating a sense of community, we will start to open our minds to play. This will allow everyone the opportunity to experience and observe play through out the different stages of life. This will be a spark to educate the community of Burlington Dances and beyond about the art of play."
Sarah studied at Appalachian State University as a minor in dance, choreographing and creating moving works of art. This fascination with movement provided inspiration for her to explore her other love, nature. Her experiences of how rock climbing, hiking, trees, and wind can be a dance, and how a grass blowing in a field can be reflected through the body in movement. As a certified yoga teacher I have been able to explore the root and intention behind movement. All of these experiences continue to allow me to gain a greater understanding of how my body moves, how other bodies move and how movement is everywhere.
"With my knowledge of movement and my intrinsic journey to keep play alive, I greatly look forward to sharing my piece with our community. The Burlington Dances community is playful at heart and will be a safe space to bring others to move. I look forward to sharing my teaching ability and my passion for youth to continue to play with anyone who wants to be a part of movement. I look forward to our educating others in the art of play."
2011 Extended Term Artist in Residence
March through November, 2011 Julie Peoples-Clark creates a contemporary dance that will be developed through a collaboration with Emily Anderson's Can Do Arts program and the Burlington branch of VSA, with dancers of all abilities. Julie will research and integrate dancers' personal movement styles and discover an innovative dance language for choreography. Her finished work will educate about collaboration, disability and patience. Julie will look at differences as opportunities for creative ideas and solutions, rather than as obstacles. "The only limitations are those in your head. Everything else is just a technical problem."
For more information about this program and how to apply, please contact Lucille Dyer.